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TRADE: MacFarland Isn’t Done; Avalanche Acquire Trenin

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Chris MacFarland isn’t slowing down in his pursuit of making the Colorado Avalanche better prior to the NHL Trade Deadline.

And he apparently likes making moves in quick succession.

Just over an hour after the Avalanche went out and got Brandon Duhaime, they acquired Yakov Trenin from the Nashville Predators for Jeremy Hanzel and a 2025 third round pick. Colorado also received prospect Graham Sward. Not only does Colorado have a new-look fourth line right now, but they’re apparently loading up their fifth line in the process. They’ll only get deeper soon, as Nikolai Kovalenko’s team is on the brink of elimination over in the KHL.

Trenin is a big man at 6’2″, and if you remember, was probably Nashville’s most dangerous forward during the first round in 2022. This season, he has 10 goals and 14 points in 60 games, and has spent a lot of his time on wing.

Jared Bednar came to speak to the media after the trade was completed, and said they can envision him playing a few positions.

“Not sure yet. Got to talk to him,” Bednar said. “I’ve seen him play center. I’ve seen him play wing, effective in both positions. He’s been playing more wing recently, but we’ll see how our health is and it never hurts to have another guy that can possibly play in the middle of the ice.”

Trenin is a pending unrestricted free agent after this season, and makes $1,700,000 this season. That means the Avalanche still have a little bit more room to maneuver under the cap if they want to keep adding. And at this point, it seems like Chris MacFarland isn’t stopping anytime soon.

Both Duhaime and Trenin are possibilities to play on Friday. Both these guys played on the penalty kill on their previous teams, and there’s value in that.

“A couple of guys we add today – big, heavy bodies, play a man’s game, kill penalties, do a lot of dirty work, but they’re big, physical guys that play hard,” Bednar said. “If you’re looking at some of the teams that you’ve got to go through out West, they have the same attributes, especially in their bottom six.”

Chris Wagner’s injury will force him to miss at least one game, but Colorado should have the reinforcements to handle his absence now.

Stay tuned to CHN for all your updates, which apparently will never stop.

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